The Good Wife Review: Alicia and Cary FTW!

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After some very disappointing episodes and storylines in The Good Wife season 4, "Red Team, Blue Team" brought real stakes, conflict and fire back to the show.

Rather than settling a case, the firm's client, Thief, decided they wanted a mock trial first. Often when a series does such a thing, the internal antics get in the way and it ends up either ridiculous or boring. But here this "fake" trial had higher intensity than a real trial has ever had on the drama.

Will and Diane faced off against Alicia and Cary. It was about time for Cary to get some quality screen time this season. Alicia and Cary work incredibly well together, even better than the named partners. And they had an added incentive to beat their bosses.

The Internal Mock Trial

The bankruptcy story came to an abrupt ending, but the ramifications of the shift from near financial ruin to overflowing coffers made up for it. With Chum Hum now signed as a client, Lockhart/Gardner secured its financial viability ... for now. 

The downside being that the equity partners no longer wanted to share the profits with the fourth years that were offered partnerships when the firm desperately needed their money. Ouch! They had every reason to feel betrayed. The sound of Florrick, Agos and Associates had a nice ring to it. 

Alicia and Cary would always have tried their hardest to win their case, but their feelings of betrayal made it personal. They didn't hold back and argued FDA manipulation, they marketed to anorexics, settled a previous case and even asked the CEO if he would let his own daughter drink Thief. It was game on!

There was a reason that a settlement was on the table in the first place and the fourth years proved it. It's a good thing the real opposing counsel didn't see the mock trial or they would have demanded a trial. 

Alicia and Cary outmaneuvered their opponents in the mock trial, but not at the firm. The fourth years plan to scare the partners into action worked, but didn't have the intended outcome. Instead of all of them getting their partnerships, it was offered to only one: Alicia.

The dream of Florrick, Agos and Associates was now just a dream. Alicia was honorable in her reaction by mentioning it to Cary before taking it. Not that she had to follow his advice, but it was the right thing to do. Alicia is not the bad guy in all this and given his reaction outside the partner's meeting it doesn't look like he will hold it against her. Now that she has a seat at the partner's table, she will have influence that can help him.

The mock trial and partnership battle were both brutal and pitted Alicia and Will on opposite sides. The anger built up and exploded with a kiss. They kissed! I've never been a fan of Alicia reuniting with Peter, but I also haven't wanted her to get back together with Will ... until now.

That was some passionate heat in that moment. More than Alicia has recently shown with Peter. She's just been using him when she wants a release from either her mother, her career or her obligations. Both Will and Alicia definitely are not over each other. What will come next? 

While the firm was dealing with their clients and issues, Eli was trying to protect his career with the help of the odd, yet brilliant, Elsbeth. When she first was introduced, I found her to be annoying to watch, until she proved that her methods work. Her distracting demeanor works in her favor. Plus, you can't beat the back and forth between Eli and Elsbeth. They crack me up.

When Eli decided to wear a wire to bring down Jordan, I was shocked. Even though Eli doesn't care for the guy, his arrest would still hurt Peter; plus Eli's not the type to do that, right? Instead, Elsbeth and Eli pulled a fast one on Josh. They used the wire to get proof that Josh altered the wire tap request. Well done!

Now, will that be the end of the Justice Department's case against Eli? I doubt Josh will be fast to give up on it, especially after being outwitted by Elsbeth. As much as I hated this storyline initially, if it keeps her around, I'm all for it.

Do you want to see Alicia and Will rekindle their romance? Do you think Cary will turn against Alicia now? Are you enjoying Elsbeth? Rate the episode and leave a comment!


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It is her choice to stay and keep the family together, the children do live with her. If you have been watching from the start Peter has been the angel and Will the one who can't keep his pants on !!!! I see a very big distrust in this kind of behavior.


There's something I can not understand??? I have seen many write that they think Alicia must go back to Peter. I live in Denmark and here would be 99.9% of women leave their unfaithful husband. Why is it important that she stay with him? children are almost adults and they do not live under the same roof. Is it really so important that they stay together so that he can be elected governor? What about Alicia's happiness?


Sorry about previous comment, posted before I had finished. I have loved TGW since series 1, but am dismayed and disgusted at the way that the series is being developed by the writers and aired by the network.
1. Story lines - in series 1 and 2 the story lines were cohesive and absolutely crackled with interest, and A and W and Kalinda and Cary were out of this world. The only thing I didn't really go for was the stoopid kids. Series 3 was ok, but story lines got disjointed and overly complex with too many new characters being introduced - whole thing a bit of a mish mash,but still bearable. series 4 is becoming unbearable, story line only enjoyable if you ignore the concept that the series should hang together as a whole. Important characters like Kalinda and Cary are becoming bit part players, living on the occasional scraps off the table that the writers give them. Writers, GET A GRiP, Please, otherwise this wonderful programme is doomed. 2. Schedules. In the UK we are fed a load of rubbish TV , but at least the series programmes run each week. TGW now seems to be shown on an ad-hoc basis, which completely screws up viewer ability to maintain faith in the series. I If the above continues the this Great Show will definitely go down the pan this year, a tragedy of epic proportions. All the best to you long suffering TGW fans from the UK.


As a UK viewer who has loved this show from series 1, I find it hard to understand why the network and writers seem to be so int


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Waiting to see the final show where the office mole blows the lid off the firm, can anybody guess who it is ??? and whose going to jail. With the ratings on the fast track down season 4 will be the end.


Personally, I'd love to see Will and Alicia back together, but I'm guessing the show will draw that storyline out forever and continue to torture the viewers! Alicia's marriage to Peter now just seems like one of convenience.
I'm glad she got partnership, and she clearly deserved it. I just wish that they'd stop giving Cary the short end of the stick. I was also glad to see Elsbeth back....she's definitely one of my favorite guest characters.


The way this will end up if Will is her answer she will destroy her entire past and the future will be very bleak, the kids will let her know their how they feel and give her an choice them or him. Guess who wins ???



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